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“Beautiful boutique hotel, 5 star service!”
Review of Gulevi Safranbolu

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Gulevi Safranbolu
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Safranbolu
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra, Australia
1 review
“Beautiful boutique hotel, 5 star service!”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Amazing experience with my stay here. I am extremely happy with staff members/owner. Many houses in Safranbolu are preserved and listed as world heritage sites. The hotel is old (200+ years) but tastefully designed and restored. You get to live in a historical mansion while not compromising on comfort and luxury. Rooms are spacious, bed is comfortable and the price is very reasonable for what you are getting. It is centrally located, literally a few steps from the heart of the old town. Not to mention the amazing breakfast provided. Price if higher than surrounding hotels but you get what you pay for, and quality is what I am after during this holiday trip.

What I am most happy about is their service. Knowing that there is a language barrier, the staff member/owner helped me a lot in booking my bus ticket to the next destination.
I went into the town centre and was severely ripped off by a retailer selling saffron flower (local product) of poor quality, the owner took photos of the name of the retailer and price (presumably going to warn his future guests?). He then physically guided me to an actual honest retailer with genuine product which costed much less than what I paid for originally.

This is my first review as I am one of those many that searches tripadvisor for traveling advices but do not write reviews. But I have felt the need and want to let other travelers know of the excellent experience of my stay here. I would seriously rate it 6 stars if I could for the service.
Thank you so much!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Jeff L
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Canbulat, Owner at Gulevi Safranbolu, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
Dear Sir,
Thank you for reviewing GüleviSafranbolu and especially for the details make your review operative for the prospect guests and for us.
Best wishes
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Cute, traditional local house with a friendly staff. You stay in a house that was built according to Safranbolu's famous housing structure. It was a bit cold when we visited there and there was not enough heater for our room so we felt cold in the room. Anyway, location of the hotel is great. You will enjoy it, I guess it is one of the best hotel in Safranbolu.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Erkan Z
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Canbulat, Owner at Gulevi Safranbolu, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
Dear Sir,
We are happy to hear that you had a "cute" stay at GüleviSafranbolu. By the way we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by our heating system. Unfortunately we still do not have natural gas distribution system in the historic center of Safranbolu and coal is not consistent heating source which may need some recovery period when charged. Hope to host you again
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Beijing
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Love this stylish hotel, and I'm afraid I have to say I love the charming boss also, they make this wall hotel gracious, cute and warm. Great garden, good breakfast. After 5 days Turkish coffee trips, we enjoy their fresh filter coffee so much.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Thank Labellee
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Canbulat, Owner at Gulevi Safranbolu, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Thank you for your very positive review and complements :)
We enjoyed your notes about our filter coffee. We are very keen to provide the top gourmet products. Hope to see you again at GuleviSafranbolu
Thanks once more
IC
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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We stayed one weekend in March. Hotel is very well located in the heart of the old city with parking lot opposite the hotel. Everything was in walking distance. Hotel staff is great and took care of us very well. Rooms really felt like you are in an old building and that was great too!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sami K
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Canbulat, Owner at Gulevi Safranbolu, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Dear Sir,
We are happy to hear from you that your stay at GüleviSafranbolu was a joyful experience. We are very glad to hear and to care your valuable recommendations. Thank you.
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Frenstat pod Radhostem, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Very nice place about 100 m from the very centre of the old part of Safranbolu. Very friendly staff, nice garden and beautiful background music played. Good breakfast with wide sleection. Amazing Turkish hammam is close.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Thank 203jan
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CanbulatSafranbolu, Owner at Gulevi Safranbolu, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your kind and very valuable review. We will be in competition with ourselves for such couraging responses.
İC
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

I wanted to find out what it was like to stay in one of Safranbolu's distinctive Ottoman houses and Gulevi did not disappoint. My room was a period gem but with a modern luxury bathroom and the breakfast was a feast.

One to come back to.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Thank AndrewFJ
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CanbulatSafranbolu, Owner at Gulevi Safranbolu, responded to this review, 1 April 2014
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your valuable time for reviewing our hotel. Actually, it is our design and service policy to add modern but sensitive touches to our 220 year old mansions and millenniums years old culture.
We'll be happy to host you again
İC
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Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We have stayed for a weekend on February, hotel is consist of 3 wooden mansion blocks which all are 200 years old, you can smell the scent wooden when you are in the hotel, all details in the hotel are a product of exquisite mindset.

Decoration, objects, service, feeling of antique, Bose underground music system on the garden, breakfast, music taste, service, all are immaculate. Hotel manager and owner Ibrahim Bey is on the board all time and treats guests very well, all the other staff is also very kind and helpful, will definitely visit after their ongoing restaurant project is over.

There is a great boardroom for companies who wants to make weekend escape and business combined.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gulevi Safranbolu
Address: Cesme Mah. Hukumet Sok. No:46 Safranbolu Merkez, Safranbolu 78600, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Karabuk Province > Safranbolu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Hotels in Safranbolu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Gulevi Safranbolu 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gülevi Safranbolu emerged as a project of living through revitalization rather than one of accommodation. The project was initiated to survive the richness and subtlety of life which flourished during the 18th century in Safranbolu which is currently inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Gül and İbrahim Canbulat acquired three neighboring Ottoman mansions in the early 2000s and started running these buildings following restoration. All three mansions date back to the 18th century. Damage and wear due to time and human intervention were recovered by the restoration process; the mansions were granted their genuine architectonics. Modern facilities required for the present-day functions of these mansions were installed without distorting the authentic integrity of the Ottoman mansion. Gülevi Safranbolu offers 18th-century elegant life style with no compromise on contemporary appliances. ... more   less 
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